Grace Chatto

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Grace Chatto
Grace Chatto 2014.jpg
Grace Chatto at Way Out West (2014)
Background information
Born (1985-12-10) 10 December 1985 (age 33)
London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
Instruments
  • Cello
  • percussion
  • vocals
Years active2007–present
Associated acts

Grace Chatto (born 10 December 1985) is an English musician and singer who is the cellist for the electronic music band Clean Bandit.

Education[edit]

Chatto attended The Latymer School[1] and Westminster School, as well as the Royal Academy of Music. She studied Modern Languages at Jesus College, University of Cambridge where she met founding band members Jack Patterson and Neil Amin-Smith, with whom she played in a string quartet. Chatto speaks Russian fluently.[2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Clean Bandit's 2010 single "Mozart's House" reached number 17 on the UK Singles Chart when re-released in 2013. Chatto held a position teaching cello at a school when it was first released, and her appearance in the music video – in which she appeared in her underwear with a violin obstructing her chest – prompted her to be fired after a parent complained.[3] In January 2014, they scored their first UK chart topping single with "Rather Be", a collaboration with Jess Glynne, featuring elements of both classical and dance music. The song also reached number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Together with the other members of Clean Bandit, Jack Patterson and Luke Patterson, she has won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording 2015[4] for the track "Rather Be" and was nominated for two Brit Awards in 2015 and 2017.[5]

Chatto directed the video for Clean Bandit's 2016 single "Rockabye", which features rapper Sean Paul and singer Anne-Marie, and became their second number-one hit in the UK, becoming the Christmas number one single for 2016 in its seventh consecutive week at number-one.[6]

Other projects[edit]

Grace Chatto with Clean Bandit in concert at Rome on 28 June 2017.

Chatto and Jack Patterson formed their own film production company, Cleanfilm, to make music videos for themselves and other artists.[7] Chatto has produced and directed videos with Jack Patterson since the band's inception.

Chatto, with her father, formed a band of singing cellists called the Massive Violins, with whom she still performs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bellotti, Alex. "Highly-strung sounds of success for Clean Bandit". Hampstead Highgate Express. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Clean Bandit: 'When something sounds good, I don't think any of the connotations matter'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  3. ^ Ryland, Ali. "Grace Chatto of Clean Bandit". Virtual Festivals. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Grammys 2015: Complete list of winners and nominees". Los Angeles Times. 8 February 2015. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Brit Awards 2017: the winners and stars in pictures, from Ed Sheeran to Little Mix". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Clean Bandit's Rockabye reaches Number 1 in the UK". Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Interview: Clean Bandit". Varsity Online. Retrieved 19 March 2017.